Corbyn talks to Obama about 'power of global corporations'

Labour leader says he 'enjoyed' his 'excellent' meeting with the US President

Aine Fox
Saturday 23 April 2016 14:23 BST

Jeremy Corbyn has met US President Barack Obama and described their discussion as "excellent".

The Labour leader emerged from Lindley Hall, central London, after almost 90 minutes and told reporters the pair touched on a number of topics, including the European Union (EU) "very briefly".

Mr Corbyn said Mr Obama congratulated him on being elected leader of the Labour Party.

He added that he had "enjoyed" the meeting.

Asked what they discussed, the Labour politician said: "The challenges facing post-industrial societies and the power of global corporations and the increasing use of technology around the world and the effect that has."

He said they also spoke about levels of inequality and poverty.

Asked if they talked about the President's intervention into the debate on Britain's membership of the European Union, Mr Corbyn they spoke "very briefly" on the subject of Europe.

A Labour Party spokesperson said that there would also be “further contact” between the White House and Mr Corbyn’s team “to discuss measures to deal with international tax avoidance and evasion".

A White House spokesperson said: “The President met today with leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Hall.

"The President congratulated Mr Corbyn on his election to lead the Labour Party. The two leaders discussed the impact of globalisation on labour and working people, and the need to take steps to reduce inequality around the world.

"They agreed that the UK should remain a member of the EU.”

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